Sunday, September 24, 2017

Film Review: Cloud Atlas by Roberta J. Downing

Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Released: October 2012
Written and Directed by: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski
Produced by: Stefan Arndt, Grant Hill, Tom Tykwer, Lana and Lily Wachowski and many others.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Zhu Zhu, Keith David, and Susan Sarandon
A multifaceted web of how the actions and deeds of just one person can impact other people in the past, present and even the future. Ebbing and flowing from a single act of love and kindness can inspire others centuries later to start a uprising or how a man so full of greed can in another life time become one who gives all he has.
I have to say that I’m not often a fan of the flashing forward and backward in a movie however, in order to be able to tie the past to present and future this was necessary-ish. I honestly believe that the movements could have been done much smoothly than they were yet I did find myself drawn into the web of many lives the movie spanned.
This movie not only covers many lives but also many different issues such as slavery, racism and the proverbial evil being an ever constant battle. It goes to show that love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, death and rebirth are just different sides of the same coin. It also has aliens beings that seem to be stranded and viewed as different, almost God like with their technologies.
It was interesting, to say the least, watching how each actor played their parts for each era. There were times it was akin to watching Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde with the different transformations each character would undergo on another life time.
I do have to say that this film was especially long and there were times when I actually kept thinking that this is a good place to end the movie. Yes, there are some lulls in the film and I think most of that had to do with the flashing forward and back a multitude of times.
Lastly, I think all in all this was a very good movie but I do think that it might have been better perhaps a part one and part two. -Roberta J. Downing


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